The fifth and final Test between England and India has been officially canceled jointly by BCCI and ECB. The Indian Board also offered England to reschedule the Test match to be able to play at a different time.
There was an outbreak of covid-19 in the Indian camp during the previous test at Oval. Ravi Shastri and some staff members tested positive for the virus. Although they were immediately isolated and the oval test came to a conclusion, it forced the boards to abolish the Manchester test.
According to the BCCI press release, both boards were eager to find a way to complete the series and play the Test match. Taking into account the safety of the players, it was decided to cancel the match mutually.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), together with the English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB), have jointly decided to end the 5th Test match which is taking place in Manchester, during the ongoing tour of England in 2021. skaf.
The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussions to find a way to play the Test match, but the outbreak of Covid-19 in the continent of the Indian team forced the decision to abolish the Old Trafford Test match.
Instead of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI offered the ECB a rescheduling of the canceled test match. Both boards will try to find a window to reschedule this Test match.
The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of the utmost importance, and that there is no aspect to this.
The BCCI would like to thank the ECB for their cooperation and understanding in these difficult times. We want to apologize to the fans for not being able to complete a captivating series. “The BCCI statement reads.
There are reports that the match could be played next year when India tour England after a limited series, but there is no confirmation. As things currently stand, the tour is officially over and the Indian team is going to the UAE to resume the IPL 2021.
BCCI is unlikely to interview Ravi Shastri for attending the book launch
Ravi Shastri, coach of the Indian team, and captain Virat Kohli attended a book launch last week. It is widely believed that Shastri contracted the virus during the event and eventually tested positive. It was said that the BCCI would ask the coach and the captain for explanation, but an official said otherwise.
“Covid-19 is something that can happen to anyone. In addition, the British government removed restrictions and opened up movement. People are therefore allowed to move freely,“The official told IANS.
Whether the duo will be disciplined or not remains to be seen. The series between England and India was at 2-1 in favor of the visitors until the cancellation of the Manchester Test.